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LOCAL MSP AND COUNCILLOR WELCOME STUDY FINDINGS

Dumfriesshire MSP Elaine Murray and Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh have welcomed the news that Langholm, Gretna and Canonbie are the healthiest postcode sectors in Scotland.

To mark the 40th anniversary of the introduction of postcodes, the Royal Mail commissioned a study to look at five characteristics of life in the UK by postcode. The study gives an insight into five features of everyday life: health and wellbeing, work matters, the cost of living, safe and secure and in the home. In the health and wellbeing category, the Langholm, Gretna and Canonbie postcodes were found to be the top three healthiest in Scotland, with Edinburgh City fourth and Argyll and Bute fifth.

Commenting on the findings, Dr Murray said:

“It is good to see that so many of my constituents are living healthy lives and I welcome the findings of this report. .  For all three postcodes areas to be the top three is testament to the quality of life in Dumfriesshire. There are many components to healthy living such as environment, food and a sensible work life balance.  There may well be lessons from this study about how these interact which can help health in other parts of Scotland”

Councillor Dryburgh added:

“I am delighted to see that areas of my ward are the top three healthiest postcode sectors in Scotland. Anyone who knows the area appreciates the wide variety of opportunities for healthy leisure activities which are available and I think that this, coupled with a real sense of community contribute greatly to the study’s findings.”

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